Laban ng Masa’s Declaration and Platform for the 2022 Elections

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Is this the future you gave your life for?

If you had been Gabriela Silang, Jose Rizal, or Andres Bonifacio and by some miracle you awoke and discovered your self in in the present day’s Philippines, would you say that that is the future you fought and shed your blood for?

With over 712,000 infections and over 13,000 deaths, catastrophic is the solely approach to describe Duterte’s Covid 19 coverage. But then, how are you going to count on a regime that focuses on taking lives prioritize saving them? 

Gabriela, Rizal, and Bonifacio surveying the bleak panorama would inform us {that a} main a part of the downside is President Rodrigo Duterte and that underneath no situations can his terroristic regime be allowed to proceed underneath members of his dynasty or his cronies.

But they will even let you know that Duterte is just a symptom of a much bigger downside, a systemic one which perverts governance from serving the many to advancing the pursuits of only a few.  Duterte is just the newest of a succession of elected leaders since the 1986 EDSA People’s Power Uprising that overthrew the hated dictator Marcos that promised to serve the individuals solely to betray them. From Cory Aquino to Fidel Ramos to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to Joseph Estrada to Aquino Recycled to Duterte, politics has been the artwork of sacrificing the pursuits of the 99 per cent of the individuals to these of the one per cent.

Who are these one per cent that feed on the sweat and blood of the 99 per cent?  These households can simply be recognized by scrolling the names of the members of the House of Representatives, the place they’re properly represented so as to promote their dynastic pursuits reasonably than these of the individuals who voted them to workplace.  They personal or management most of the nation’s privately owned land. The richest and strongest of them, like the Villars, Gokongweis, Zobels, and Lopezes, are greenback billionaires. 

“Democracy” is the title of the sport they play, however greed, corruption, bribery, and violence are the guidelines of their sport.

Were they alive in the present day, Kas Gabriela, Jose, and Andres would let you know that our elite act in the egocentric approach they do as a result of they’re implicated in a system of world capitalism that, vampire- like, systematically sucks the labor and blood of the peoples of the world and interprets these into earnings for transnational companies and the transnational billionaire class, leaving the overwhelming majority poor, damaged, and marginalized.  

Profits earlier than individuals’s lives—that’s the motto of world capital and its native lieutenants.

If Kas Gabriela Silang, Jose Rizal, and Andres Bonifacio had been with us in the present day, they’d let you know that the answer to such native and international inequalities could be a system the place most of the technique of manufacturing are owned by the individuals collectively in order that revenue and wealth variations amongst Filipinos are small and there may be shared prosperity. 

Whether you referred to as it social democracy, democratic socialism, or plain socialism, our best heroes wouldn’t worry to advocate such a system since they’d know that presently in world historical past, that is solely system that will serve the curiosity of our long-suffering individuals.  

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Gabriela was executed at 32, Rizal at 35, and Bonifacio at 33. If our youthful heroes had been alive in the present day, we all know one factor: they’d not hesitate to be in the forefront of Laban ng Masa’s effort to rework our society into the land of justice, equality, and democracy for which they shed their valuable blood.  Their name to motion could be: Filipinos, take your nation again out of your oppressors.

Laban ng Masa’s 25 Point Program for the 2022 Elections

When the rebellion of the citizens brings the frequent opposition candidate for president to victory in 2022, Laban ng Masa will push for the quick formation of a National Council of Progressive Filipinos to coordinate govt, legislative, and mass motion efforts to result in and implement the following precedence measures that will start the transition to a democratic socialist system:

  1. Disband the ineffective Inter-Agency Task Force on Covid 19 (IATF) and kind a brand new cohesive physique that’s led by confirmed medical professionals who will actively solicit well-liked participation in the formulation of pandemic plan to offer free, speedy, and complete testing, vaccination, and medical remedy for all.
  2. Reallocate all Presidential Intelligence Funds, all funds for National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-Elcac), and one half of the DND and DILG budgets to a Covid 19 Pandemic Fund and a Covid 19 Economic Fund, along with congressional allocations.
  3. Decree a mixed revenue and wealth tax on the taxable monetary wealth of the richest 250-300 Filipinos amounting to PhP31.66 trillion starting from one p.c each year (to generate PhP316 billion), 2 p.c each year (to generate PhP633 billion), and 3 p.c (to generate virtually one trillion pesos).
  4. Cancel debt repayments (principal, curiosity, and prices) for 5 years, repeal the automated debt appropriation legislation, independently assessment and audit all present money owed, debt cost and borrowing insurance policies with a view in the direction of cancellation of all illegitimate, onerous and unsustainable debt, and institute democratic, accountable, accountable fiscal insurance policies. For 2021 alone, debt cancellation will save the nation not less than P1.8 trillion that may be channeled to the pandemic and financial assist funds
  5. From the proceeds of the wealth tax and the debt cancellation, improve funds for vaccine purchases, institute a common fundamental revenue of 1500 a day for every household, fund a common well being care program delivering high quality, preventive care for free, finance a high quality program of common schooling in any respect ranges, and fund a common housing program to ship sturdy condominium items to fifteen million households.
  6. Enforce strict worth ceilings on fundamental commodities and reallocate 3/4ths of the Department of Agriculture’s budgeted funds to a Production and Marketing Support Fund for our native smallholder agricultural producers.
  7. Decree a minimal wage of P1500 a day, adjustable for inflation in succeeding years and mechanically raised after adjustment by 2.5 per cent yearly.
  8. Ban contractualization and regularize all employees   and workers.
  9. Immediately repeal the so-called Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.
  10. Reduce the measurement of the AFP and PNP by one half, radically increase recruitment requirements, and punish all those that have engaged in extra-judicial killings.
  11. Turn over for prosecution to the International Criminal Court President Duterte, Senator Ronaldo de la Rosa, General Antonio Parlade, and all different authors and key enforcers of the conflict on medicine and the red-tagging marketing campaign, whereas additionally prosecuting them and their subordinates in the nationwide judicial system for homicide, abuse of authority, and different crimes in opposition to the individuals.
  12. Resume, with vigor, all pending circumstances at the Ombudsman of corruption, dereliction of obligation, refusal of command accountability, and abuse of energy in opposition to former Presidents Benigno Aquino III, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and Joseph Estrada and their associates; and reinvigorate the drive to safe all the ill-gotten wealth of the Marcoses.
  13. Aggressively uphold the rights of ladies by passing and implementing new laws that will increase penalties for crimes in opposition to them, together with speech that degrades them; strengthens their reproductive rights; and clears away all discriminatory boundaries.
  14. Restore import quotas and increase tariffs for rice and different chosen agricultural and manufacturing merchandise whereas freezing compliance with all World Trade Organization directives.
  15. Implement new strict agrarian reform laws and punish those that have abused loopholes in earlier laws. 
  16. Appoint employees and rank and file workers to a majority of positions in company boards and institute employees’ administration in large and medium enterprises.
  17. Disband holding corporations and convert the items of conglomerates into unbiased enterprises.
  18. Effectively regulate financial actions and investments of multinational companies and different large companies and guaranteeing progressive and strict taxation of company earnings 
  19. Create underneath the Office of the President a Special Overseas Workers’ Task Force to advertise the welfare of OFW’s and aggressively combat for first rate contracts in receiving nations.
  20. Phase out inside two years all coal-fired vegetation, start a swift and simply transition out of all fossil gas vitality and into democratic, renewable and clear vitality techniques, and put in place a strict program of taxing carbon emissions.
  21. Carry out the Philippines’ justifiable share of pressing local weather actions to deal with the escalating local weather disaster, empower individuals to cope with its impacts, and pursue simply options.
  22. Put in place a program of ecological restoration of land, forests, inland our bodies of water, and oceans,  and impose life imprisonment for violators of a complete logging ban.
  23. Initiate a program of reindustrialization utilizing commerce and industrial coverage with ecologically sustainable manufacturing expertise geared at turning out important commodities primarily for home consumption that don’t contribute to environmental stress.
  24. Formulate a really unbiased and internationalist overseas coverage on the following pillars: ending the Visiting Forces Agreement and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) with the US, rejecting the expansionist and sphere-of-influence claims of massive powers like China and the U.S. in the higher South China Sea, negotiating a mutually-beneficial settlement with neighboring nations for a commons-based growth and utilization of pure assets in disputed areas, pushing demilitarization of the area, and strictly implementing and demanding recognition by all nuclear powers of the 1995 Southeast Asian Nuclear-Weapons-Free Treaty.
  25. Lead in forming an alliance of governments in the international South to oppose the encroachments of the US, China, and different dominant powers whereas making use of their competitors to widen the political and financial house for maneuver of creating nations.

“It is simply criminal, the incompetence and stupidity that the Duterte regime has displayed in the face of the pandemic.  But the problem goes beyond Duterte and his gang of clowns and killers.  That Covid 19’s main victims are the poor is not surprising, for the Philippines is a ruthless society that creates wealth for a very few at the expense of the many.  If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that the 21st century has no room for this cruel system.”

Dr. Walden Bello
National Chair, Laban ng Masa, former member of House of Representatives

“Tama lamang na puntiryahin ang kriminal na pagpapabaya, grabeng kainutilan, at kapalpakan ng rehimeng Duterte sa pagtugon sa naturang mga krisis. Subalit hindi ito sapat, kailangang payabungin ang pagkakapatiran, inisyatiba, at kolektibong enerhiya ng masa para balangkasin at ipatupad ang mga kagyat at pangmatagalang solusyon sa mga krisis na nagbabanta sa ating mga buhay at kabuhayan.”

Leody de Guzman
Chair of BMP Labor Federation

“We are facing horrific, multiple crises—Covid 19, a raging economic crisis, an escalating climate emergency, and a government that is an epic failure in protecting and upholding the rights and welfare of the majority of Filipinos. We need a massive change in governance—for our survival, for justice and the end to tyranny and inequality, for a safe planet, and a better future for our families and children. This is not an impossible dream.”

Lidy Nacpil
Chairperson of Sanlakas, Chairperson of Oriang,
a girls’s group, campaigner for financial, gender and environmental justice

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Contact: Raquel Castillo
Phone: 0998 869 7209
Email: [email protected]
Address: Laban ng Masa, 54 Matapat St., Brgy. Pinyahan, Diliman, Quezon City 1100

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